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Q: Are tattoos Haram? The two most common reasons I heard is ghusal will be invalid because it covers the skin and because it is permanently changing the body. However, with modern advancements we can now remove tattoos and the tattoo is under the skin so it does not affect ghusal. If both of these are now not an issue, are tattoos now not haram?


A: The Hadith has cursed the one who involves himself in this. Hence, on account of the prohibition one should totally refrain from this. As far what you have mentioned, this is an additional problem, however the impermissibility is not based on what you have mentioned. For further details on the mas’alah of tattooing in Islam refer to

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

حدثنا عون بن أبي جحيفة عن أبيه قال لعن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الواشمة والمستوشمة وآكل الربا وموكله ونهى عن ثمن الكلب وكسب البغي ولعن المصورين. (صحيح بخاري رقم 5347)

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Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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